Firecreek Coffee Co.

September 8th, 2011

6501 E. Cave Creek Rd.

Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Elote in Sedona serves and sells Firecreek coffee. Come to find, it’s fresh and locally roasted right here in Cave Creek. Along with coffee and tea, it looks like they also serve breakfast and brunch. I haven’t tried it but if it is anything like the coffee, it will be good.



Steve’s Espresso

October 15th, 2009

S.E. Corner Baseline & McClintock, Tempe AZ


I kept an article about Steve’s for about two years before I recently had a chance to scout it out and actually try a cup of coffee! It is known for owning one of six espresso machines that were sold to coffee companies before Starbucks grabbed up the rights to them, which I’m sure has something to do with their success.  Well, a little help with marketing is all Steve needs. I had driven by those crossroads many times over the past two years, glancing to my right where I thought the shop was and never noticed it. Recently, I pulled into the parking lot and determined to see if it was actually still there, somewhere, or not! It was. But it faces McClintock behind the FastGas station. Little signage. Just a humble little wi-fi coffee shop, with some made from scratch breakfast items and bakery goods, and a GREAT cup of coffee made from fresh, locally roasted beans. So good in fact, I returned the same day for a second cup, and can’t wait go back.

Too Divine

September 2nd, 2009

1166 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert


This is a dessert and coffee shop opened by a retiring couple, with pastries provided by Ganache This!

I’ve not tried it yet, as it isn’t in my neck of the woods, but as soon as I do, I’ll be sure to update my review.

Souvia for Tea

August 8th, 2007

4320 N. Miller Rd., #107, Scottsdale at Camelback


I’m learning to keep my eyes open for little undiscovered spots (to me) like I would in my travels. How delighted I was to happen upon Souvia, a premium loose leaf tea and herbals shop in Scottsdale. With friendly and helpful service, I walked away with a modern tea brewing gadget and some wonderful Darjeeling tea, of which they had three varieties, and a sample of some almond/coconut herbal tea I can’t wait to try after dinner some evening. Tammie Coe delivers fresh pastries if you would like to sit, and enjoy a cup or a pot. They also host free classes once a month which I plan to attend with a friend!

The Farm at South Mountain

February 1st, 2007

6106 S. 32nd Street, Phoenix just south of Southern

Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar 602-276-0601

Morning Glory Cafe & Bakery 602-276-0601

The Farm Kitchen 602-276-6360

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Choices abound here at the farm, located in the midst of a pecan grove, you feel like you’ve gone to California for the day. Enjoy a fresh, country breakfast outdoors at the Morning Glory Cafe. They offer omelets, french toast, quiche and homemade granola, as well as fresh muffins to start. Portions are big, but take your time as you refill your own coffee in this lovely outdoor setting. Open from 8am-11am weekdays, or 8am-noon on weekends.

Or how about lunch on a picnic table or by a fountain in the patio consisting of homemade soups, fresh garden salads, sandwiches and desserts, and a cup of pecan flavored coffee. The Farm Kitchen is open 8am-3pm daily.

If it’s dinner your after, begin with happy hour, Tues.-Fri. from 5-7pm, or dinner from 5pm-10 pm (lunch from 11am-2pm) at Quiessence. Near the back of the property, they offer contemporary American farm fresh cuisine. Literally, they use fresh picked produce from Maya’s garden out front!

Take time to enjoy wandering the property, visiting their Garden Territory gift shop or Cottage Gate Antiques. This is just another way to spend more time relaxing here as you won’t be in any hurry to leave.

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